Octobers

Octobers

I feel like I'm not here. But my body is.The pain roaring beneath my skin, slicing through  my organs, curdling in my stomach remind me that my body is here. My body remembers Octobers past.My grandfather's birthday.My father's birthday.My birthday. Every one a...

The Connection Between Trauma, Body Pain, and Authenticity

The Connection Between Trauma, Body Pain, and Authenticity

We know for a fact that animals naturally and instinctively shake off their stress. Whether or not they do it while singing Taylor Swift’s Shake It Off is another matter. We also know for a fact that humans don’t do this instinctively. We’re more likely to engage in therapy of the alcohol, retail, or epicurean kind. That physical shaking is a signal from the brain’s limbic system (responsible for the fight/flight/freeze response) that the threat has passed and the nervous system can return to pre-stress levels. In humans, when the limbic system takes over, the prefrontal cortex can go offline temporarily, making it impossible to think our way out of the situation.

Can You Always Choose Your Feelings?

Can You Always Choose Your Feelings?

To all the people who keep insisting that you always get to choose what you feel: This is NOT true for trauma survivors OR people coping with health issues OR people grieving the loss of a loved one. PTSD is not a choice. Depression is not a choice. Anxiety is not a...

Guides Can Be a Source of Support

Guides Can Be a Source of Support

I’ve talked this week about trauma, especially unsupported trauma. This is where an event or situation takes place that overwhelms a person’s nervous system (their fight/flight/freeze/fawn response gets stuck in the “on” position), their brain senses a threat to them,...

Set in Motion

Set in Motion

SET IN MOTIONThis is how everything changed.This is how a life was saved.This is my story.Trigger warning for a brief mention of past suicidal intention.Also, bonus content in the last minute.https://youtu.be/MGMtIuwkXU0

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